My "Backlit Epi" was disqualified. My flower was in a visible cut glass vase. Other images of flowers with a solid black background were allowed. Given the rather broad rules, this seems to be rather arbitrary judgement on the part of the host.
The rules were very general. I submitted "English Trifle", a well know classic desert. See: http://www.google.com/search?q=english+trifle&hl=en&prmd=imvnse&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=VQ95T-GqJbH9iQKQyei9DA&ved=0CEMQsAQ&biw=1508&bih=979 . It was disqualified. The stated reason indicated that basic food items onlyyh applied. If this was intended, the rules should have stated so.
Joe Federer: I went on safari with a D300 and a 18-200 and was definitely focal-length-limited at times. But realistically, the times I was focal-length-limited were times when even a 400 or 600 wouldn't have done the job.
Renting a big lens is a very cost effective solution for a once in a lifetime trip. I mounted my Canon 100-499 f4.0-5.6L IS on a Bush Hawk shoulder mount. This has a handle for each hand and a trigger finger shutter button that includes a half way down contact. It also has a car window mount. I found booking a pop top van and game guide / driver was much cheaper than from home, using standard tour agencies and a big plus was having exclusive use of our vehicle. Also renting a bare car cost almost as much as with the driver / guide.
Your entry form does not work. I can't get beyond step 3.